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Winter Wonderland

First look: Winter Wonderland returned to Hyde Park last night

London's most famous Christmas fair is back – here's what you need to know

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Chiara Wilkinson
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If you need an excuse to feel festive already, it doesn’t get much better than this. After being cancelled in 2020, Hyde Park’s huge Winter Wonderland has just made a long-awaited return for Christmas 2021. That means all of the rides, the outside ice rink, ice-sculpting workshops, giant wheel and Christmas circus shows are back. Plus, a new 1970s-themed ice bar. In fact, it has 200 attractions, so who knows what else you’ll find there. If you try hard enough you can probably smell the mulled wine and cinnamon hot chocolate all the way from your home office. 

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But before you lay out your tacky Christmas jumper and hang up your stocking, it’s worth knowing that this year you’re going to have to plan ahead. That means sorting yourself out with timed entry tickets, which have been introduced to help manage guest numbers and keep everyone safe in this strange post-lockdown world. These cost £5 for standard entry, or free if you go off-peak or pre-book £20 worth of attractions in advance. Until then, get a glimpse of what's in store via these Instagram pictures of opening night. 

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Winter Wonderland opens on November 19 until January 3 2022, open daily from 10.00am – 10.00pm. You can pre-book a slot online here

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